apkel wrote:I agree Im sure she means the visa...Martin did you go through that at all? Im sure my DH is a little...the whole move thing and I understand as I did it coming here
To be honest no, I've missed nothing about living in London except the taste of M&S Hummus. Other brands I've tried here appear to be formulated differently. I now use mild Salsa as my dip of choice.
Our situation was different. Our move was sparked in February 2009 (but had been previously discussed and planned as a longer term goal) by my offer of voluntary redundancy from a job I'd been in for 15 years. If I took the offer I got a nice payout, if I didn't volunteer I could easily be made redundant at any time anyway, without such a nice payout ever possible again. I was thoroughly sick and bored of the job anyway, and the petty office politics of that work environment, so it was a no-brainer. Within the month I had finished work there, and we were planning our move to the US, with the caveat that we visit our intended new home city (Eugene OR) before we send in any Visa paperwork.
We visited Eugene for three weeks in June-July 2009, and loved everything we saw. The day we returned to the UK we sent in the first batch of paperwork, and went through the process you all know or are going through now. In November we got the visa approved, and in December left the UK and arrived in the US for good. There was all the house clearance and stuff going on, which I was able to handle as Ava was still working up until November.
Thus I wasn't leaving a safe, comfortable job for the unknown. We had savings plus my redundancy payout to meet financial demands of the visa requirements. I had looked for temporary work in the UK between Feb and Dec, but in a half-hearted way, as most temp jobs in my field (Credit Control) wanted at least a six month commitment. I did claim unemployment benefit for some of that time.
In Feb 2010 I started part-time work at WalMart - not as much money as I got in the UK to be sure, but I enjoyed the work more than sitting in front of a computer all day, much of it on the phone, and the money was enough to live on. Ava took longer to get a job, but is now employed by the University of Oregon in a role similar to her UK job.